- Wizard of Oz ballet performance – my oldest daughter’s mother-in-law designs and makes all the costumes for this ballet company … amazing! (Click the link to see some photos from the performance.)
- Early Mother’s Day dinner at Anthony’s Homeport Restaurant in Des Moines, WA
- Spent Mother’s Day with my 104-year-old grandma
- Walked at Mill Pond Park in Auburn, WA looking for ducklings but found awesome bullfrog tadpoles and a Great Blue Heron instead (photos are from that day).
- Urban Tumbleweed by Harryette Mullen
- Spring and All by William Carlos Williams
- Critical Digital Studies: A Reader, edited by Arthur Kroker and Marylouise Kroker
- Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature, by Donna Haraway
- Letters to Wendy’s, by Joe Wenderoth
- Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine
- and several others that I’ve currently spaced out about completely ;)
While reading a required book in the MFA program this week, it struck me how — for those of us living in urban environments — modern nature study and nature walks often involve city sights and sounds as well as the local flora and fauna. Harryette Mullen’s book of poetry, Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary, is the author’s poetic reflections on a year of walking outdoors in LA, in local parks, and in various places she visited throughout the year. Mullen chose the Japanese tanka form as her way of recording her walks.
A tanka is a 31 syllable poem often reflecting on the role of the human in relation to nature. I had a brainstorm while reading this book, that perhaps a short daily (or weekly) tanka (or haiku) might be an excellent addition to personal nature journals or other journaling/notebooking ventures.
Several months ago, I posted some of my own tankas written after walking in local parks. You can read them if you’re interested. It was my first attempt at the tanka form so it’s not very good. But whatever. :)
No television reception, so I’ve been binge watching my way through all of the Star Trek series. :)
- Elton John’s Greatest Hits
- Songs You Know by Heart: Jimmy Buffet’s Greatest Hits
- Crazy Heart soundtrack
I feel silly but I only just now realized I can check out music CD’s from our local library. I have to stop by the library at least once a week to print things for school (our library gives us 75 pages per week of free printing), so I think I’m going to browse through music while I’m there. My commute to and from school while stuck in rush hour traffic gives me plenty of time to listen to new music. I’m actually excited!
One thing fun about listening to the Crazy Heart CD is that it’s reminded me that I really do have a love for old-time country music. Waylon and Willie era. I also love Jerry Jeff Walker. Time to dig back through some of my old and forgotten CDs.
This month we turned in our proposals for our thesis project for next year, and also were assigned our thesis advisor. I got my first choice for thesis advisor! I couldn’t be happier! :D
I ran a freebie giveaway of the ebook versions of several of my books for Mother’s Day. Nearly 3,000 free ebooks were given out over the course of the five day event! Wow. Just wow. :)
I spent the last afternoon of May getting things organized for the June contests on my publishing website. Feel free to check out the first contest (prize will be an autographed copy of one of my books):
I’ll be trying to remember to post one of these monthly wrap-ups at the end of each month this year. I’m not really updating this blog regularly right now with all my school-related things going on, so I thought this could be a nice way to keep in touch a little bit more.
Hope everyone’s well! Feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you’re out there.